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Jan 31, 2018 · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Hi there, I took this drug for several years. During that time I occasionally went on “drug holidays”; a short period of time when I would “detox” from all medications. It may sound scary, depending on how many medications you use and your lifestyle, but it was something I decided to do to cleanse my organs (and brain!) of the toxic drugs used to help me. Once every seven years, I go on a four month “drug holiday” and while this might require a few days in hospital at first, it most often does not if done carefully at home and a friend stays a night or two in the event of a seizure. Depending on your employment/family situation (obligations) the very BEST cure for getting off of this type of medication is SLEEP! After that, light massage to the extremities and warm/hot baths (not showers) with Epsom, LOW LIGHTS, aromas that are pleasing to you, avoiding ALL STIMULANTS in diet (caffeine; in drinks and FOOD), and spending time with PETS (cats purring are nice). Avoid television if it affects your vision (blinking/blurring/dizziness) use instead soft music and radio. AVOID COMPUTER screens unless they are opaque and LOW LIGHT, avoid video/fast-moving images for a few days. After a week or so the “brain zaps” will slow, walls stop wabbling and hands stop shaking. A well-balanced moderately high carbohydrate diet during the first few days helps; pasta and potatoes with lots of vegetables, chicken, fish, TURKEY and some indulgent sauces salads and whole grain breads and a well-made slice of cake (but DO NOT overdo the refined sugar!). Walks, yoga and light dance (if you aren’t falling over with dizziness) are good but I found that distracting myself with mundane, simple household chores; laundry, cooking, ironing, polishing silverware, grooming pets, peeling vegetables for large soups and stews to share with the neighbours were the BEST therapies to get through those first long days of near agony when it seems every synapse is misfiring. I am in my mid-fifties and while I’ve enjoyed a variety of music, play the piano and sing, I found the “Trance” genre of music awfully soothing when I couldn’t sleep and was so nauseous I thought I’d toss every thirty seconds. I wish you the very best and hope something I’ve mentioned might offer a little relief. KL.